The game may have been shortened, but Nick Dombkowski’s (Hartford) performance on the hill was nothing short of spectacular.
Hosting the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox for the back end of a home-and-home two-game series at Doran Park on Wednesday, July 17, the Braves lefty tossed a five-inning perfect game after rain washed out the remaining four innings.
Bourne went on to win the game by a score of 6-0.
Dombkowski, a West Springfield native, averaged roughly 11 pitches per inning and struck out seven in the five-inning affair as the Braves salvaged a split with Y-D. Dombkowski became just the second pitcher to achieve a perfect game in franchise history. Mike McNully threw a perfect game in 2008 for the Braves in a game that was also shortened.
The left-hander went out to pitch the top of the sixth inning and had a 3-2 count against the Red Sox lead-off man before the umpires halted the game when the rain became too much to play in. They later called the game after both teams had completed the necessary five innings to make it official.
Jimmy Glowenke (Wake Forest) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run blast before Brendan Rivoli (Virginia) doubled in Jared Poland (Louisville) for a 3-0 lead. An inning later, Zavier Warren (Central Michigan) doubled in Cody Morissette (Boston College), who belted a lead-off triple. Glowenke, who had three hits, and Kyle Hess (Pittsburgh) each had RBI-singles to give the game its final score.
Eight of the nine Braves in the starting lineup produced a hit.
Yarmouth-Dennis 9, Bourne 4
Following two-straight wins, Bourne fell behind early and couldn’t recover on the road at Red Wilson Field against the Red Sox on Tuesday, July 16, in an eight-inning game that was shortened due to darkness.
Y-D scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but the Braves eventually took the lead before surrendering six runs in the bottom of the seventh that put the game out of reach for the visitors.
Bourne starter Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) gave up two runs in the bottom of the first, but settled down to pitch the next five innings of shutout baseball to earn the no-decision. The Braves cut their deficit in half when Jackson Greer (East Tennessee State) scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the sixth, Bourne took a 3-2 lead when Jud Fabian (Florida) sent a two-run homer out of the yard on the first pitch he saw. Yarmouth-Dennis quickly answered when Karl Johnson (UConn) uncorked a wild pitch to knot the game back at three apiece. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox pounced on Johnson and Tyler Brosius (Rhode Island) for six earned runs to blow the game wide open.
Warren’s solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth gave the game its final score of 9-4, but wasn’t enough to spark a comeback. Both Warren and Fabian had multi-hit performances at the plate.
Defensively, the Braves turned in three double plays—two of which were the inning-ending variety.
Bourne 3, Cotuit 2
The Braves overcame a pair of home runs from the first two batters of the game to score a West Division home win against the Kettleers on Monday, July 15, at Doran Park.
Following a nearly one-hour delay due to the umpire crew arriving late, Cotuit led off the game with back-to-back solo home runs from Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) and Casey Schmitt (San Diego State), but that would be the only runs the Kettleers would score.
Bourne was able to tie the game at two apiece in the bottom half of the second inning when Hess came up with a bases-loaded, two-run single. The game stayed knotted at two until the bottom of the eighth inning when Fabian turned on the second pitch he saw to blast a one-out solo home run that proved to be the game-winning hit.
Braves ace Mac Lardner (Gonzaga) settled down, after allowing the two homers at the top of the game, to go six innings, scattering six hits and fanning five while allowing just those two early runs. Poland picked up the win with two innings of one-hit baseball, striking out four in the process. Kieran Shaw (Harvard) secured the save for Bourne, working a scoreless ninth inning.
Cotuit could have had a much bigger top of the first inning. With runners on first and second and one out, Donta Williams (Arizona) grounded into a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play in what was a bang-bang play at first base. Kettleers’ manager Mike Roberts expressed his displeasure with the short-handed umpiring crew between innings, saying he felt the crew bailed out the home team.
After Barnstable native Chris Holcomb (Tulane) was chased after 1.1 innings, Richard Brereton (Emory) and Matt Moore (Purdue) combined for 5.1 scoreless innings, scattering four hits in that span.
Poland and Fabian each had two hits for Bourne while Gonzales and Schmitt also had multi-hit games for Cotuit.
Bourne (13-17, 26 points) heads to Eldredge Park today on Friday, July 19, to meet Orleans for a 7 PM showdown before hosting Wareham at Doran Park tomorrow on Saturday, July 20, at 6 PM. A select few of the Braves will return to Eldredge Park for the All-Star game on Sunday, July 21, with a first pitch set for 6 PM.